If Work Stopped Due to a Strike

If you or your class of workers are financing, participating in or directly involved in a strike, we cannot pay you benefits during the strike.

  • Class of Worker: The grade or class of worker is based on the type of work you performed. For example: If electricians are on strike and you are an electrician then you can be considered the same grade or class of worker that is on strike and will benefit from the strike.
    If you are in a supervisory, non-manual classification and electricians are on strike, then you would not be considered in the same grade or class as the electricians.
  • Financing a Strike: Any payment such as union dues that are used to finance a strike or other payments made to a strike fund that assists striking members.

If you or your class of workers are not financing, participating in or directly involved in the strike, you may be eligible for benefits.

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If Work Stopped Due to a Lockout

If your employer stops you from working due to a lockout (for example, the workers want to work but the employer will not let them), then you may be eligible for benefits.

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When Disqualification Ends

The disqualification for a strike continues until you no longer have any part in the dispute. It does not matter if you are a member of a labor union. It is not possible to requalify for benefits by working elsewhere. A labor dispute disqualification continues until:

  • The dispute is settled, and you report to work. Labor dispute disqualifications do not automatically end when the labor dispute ends. They end when you report to work.
  • You make an unconditional offer to return to work during the labor dispute, even if it involves crossing a picket line. If the employer does not put you back to work, you are no longer involved in the labor dispute.

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If You Resign

If you officially resign during the labor dispute, we can end your unemployment benefits disqualification for the labor dispute. However, we may have to disqualify you for quitting your last work without good cause. This does not apply to a lockout.

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